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New Additions to Azure Infrastructure as a Service - Microsoft Ignite 2019

Last week, the yearly Microsoft Ignite conference occurred in Orlando, Florida. At this conference, Microsoft brings together developers and IT Professionals to learn what is coming next with Microsoft’s product offerings. Let’s discuss some of the new developments in the IaaC world

Paul Harris by Paul Harris

Microsoft VSS Backup Retryable Error

I recently was involved with a case involving trying to track down the cause of Exchange VSS writers reporting a “retryable” error.

Paul Harris by Paul Harris

Windows Virtual Desktop

After months of going through Public Preview, Microsoft has finally announced Windows Virtual Desktop service is moving to general availability.  Here is an overview of what to expect with this new offering. 

Paul Harris by Paul Harris

Monthly Azure Payment Option

Recently, Microsoft Azure released an update to the Azure Reservation model that might help with paying for Azure resources that will be used for long term. Read this post to find out how to setup monthly payments for your Azure Reservations.

Paul Harris by Paul Harris

Moving Big data in and around Azure using Azure Data Factory.

There are numerous data storage options available on Azure, each one designed and developed for different modern data storage scenarios. These storage options could be in the form of database, data warehouse, data caches and data lakes. Usage of these depends on the application and the scale that they serve. Within databases, some applications might need relational database, some might need NOSQL, or a key-value storage, or in-memory database (for caching), or blob storage (for media and large files). Another criteria to keep in mind when selecting a database for your application is the required read-write throughput and latency. Azure has a wide array of fully-managed database services which frees up the development teams valuable time in managing, scaling and configuring these databases.

Whatever database you choose, you should also keep in mind how easy or difficult it is to move the data in and out of that database. You might have a situation in future where you need to move to a new database solution because of reasons like change in application architecture, scale, performance, or even cost. Microsoft Azure has a very powerful ETL tool called Azure Data Factory to easily move data in and around Azure at scale. It has over 80 native connectors which can serve both as source and sink.  In this blog, I would like to highlight a few features and concepts of Azure Data Factory which will serve as a quick start guide for anyone looking to do data movement and transformation on Azure.

Siddharth Bhola by Siddharth Bhola

ServiceNow to Azure DevOps: Working Together in Harmony

Microsoft has been on the forefront of integrating with ServiceNow, but what solutions exist for getting ServiceNow records into Azure DevOps? Check out this post to learn more about outbound REST Messages out of the ServiceNow platform in order to create work items within Azure DevOps.

Michael Dugan by Michael Dugan